Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics

An 11-18 co-educational day school and Centre of Excellence in Mathematics

School Council Youth Politics Event

On Wednesday 5 July, ten members of our School Council participated in a Youth Politics event at the Enterprise Lounge in Lowestoft, hosted by Access Community Trust.

The morning consisted of a ‘Question Time’ style session with a panel of representatives from the Green Party, Conservatives and UKIP. During this time, students from Benjamin Britten, Saxmundham Free School, Beccles Free School and Sir John Leman High School posed questions to the panel based on the concerns of young people surrounding the local economy and job market, policing cuts, the relationship between the Conservatives and the DUP, equal pay, the third crossing in Lowestoft, preserving the heritage of Lowestoft and Waveney and changes in the GCSE grading system.

Following a buffet lunch, students worked in groups to tackle one problem area and come up with a solution to their problem, before presenting their findings back to the rest of the attendees.

The enthusiasm and political awareness of the Benjamin Britten students was remarked upon a number of times throughout the day. They asked lots of great questions and presented their findings in a very articulate manner- a real credit to the school!